September 2019 principal’s Blog

I’d like to welcome you to the start of what promises to be another exciting year at the academy. But before looking ahead I’d like to congratulate all the Class of 2019 on achieving a range of fantastic results this summer. Once again, students performed well in their exams and we saw improved outcomes across the curriculum. This year we improved our GCSE results in English, maths, science, geography, Spanish, French and computer science, and once again overall progress for students who attend BCA is above the national average. Additionally, we saw some fantastic results in other areas of the curriculum with Art, PE, Business Studies and IT achieving a range of brilliant results.  A fantastic achievement for all the staff and students involved.

Looking ahead to the new academic year, we will see some exciting developments.  In the Autumn Term we will open our brand new STEM Centre, a bespoke building, sponsored by local and national engineering business, to be a centre of excellence for both adults and children in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Please visit our website soon to learn more about this ambitious and exciting project.

Over the last two weeks it’s been exciting to welcome our new Year 7 students as they formally start their education with us. With over 300 applicants for 180 places it was great to finally meet them and we’ll look forward to supporting their learning, growth and personal development as they progress through the year.

One of aspects we pride ourselves on at BCA the amount of time we invest in improving as teachers. Our programme of teacher development and improvement allows teachers to deepen their subject knowledge, engage with research that informs their classroom practise and collaborate across subject areas. This September saw this programme of improvement enhanced when teachers from across The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) came together for a full day of training supported by the National Literacy Trust. This saw over 300 teachers working together to support 5000+ Warrington children that they work with on a daily basis.

Finally, the success of the young people in our care can only be achieved by having the ongoing support from their families and carers right the way through their school lives. I’d like to thank all parents and carers for the way they support what we are trying to achieve here at BCA and I look forward to working with you to ensure all our young people fulfil their potential.

Mr Harris, Principal